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If you’re moody or muddled—check your thyroid

If you’re moody or muddled—check your thyroid

In a 2011 New York Times article titled, For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid, Dr. Russell Joffe, a psychiatrist at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, said “The best descriptions of clinical depression were actually in textbooks on thyroid disease, not psychiatric textbooks.” That’s because the effects of an underactive thyroid gland [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on If you’re moody or muddled—check your thyroid

Trick or treat? What you eat affects your bones.

Trick or treat? What you eat affects your bones.

Treating yourself to a diet rich in highly processed, salty, fatty foods puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes—and may also damage your bones. Studies suggest a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins (such as fish), where the main source of dietary fat is olive oil, may produce [...]

October 4, 2012 Susan Bone health, Men's Health, Monthly Promotions, Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Trick or treat? What you eat affects your bones.

How to prevent bone loss

How to prevent bone loss

Bone growth and loss is a natural, regenerative process called bone turnover.  During childhood, bone formation exceeds bone deterioration resulting in bone growth. However, around age 30, breakdown exceeds formation and normal bone loss occurs. By midlife, because of hormone changes, diet, and lifestyle, about half of all women and a quarter of all men [...]

October 3, 2012 Susan Bone health, Men's Health, Monthly Promotions, Vitamin D Deficiency, Women's Health Comments Off on How to prevent bone loss

Avoid Radiation Exposure When Checking Bone Density

Avoid Radiation Exposure When Checking Bone Density

Doctors will look at personal risk factors such as age, diet, tobacco and alcohol use, family history, and physical activity to determine your risk for osteoporosis.  If you have one or more of these risk factors your doctor may recommend a dual energy xray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. This is the only scan used to diagnose [...]

October 2, 2012 Susan Bone health, Women's Health Comments Off on Avoid Radiation Exposure When Checking Bone Density

Frightful Facts for Women and Osteoporosis

Frightful Facts for Women and Osteoporosis

Most women are aware of the risks of osteoporosis; but few know the extent of the risk. Low bone density affects women of all ages and ethnicities. Some startling statistics published by the National Osteoporosis Foundation: Of the nearly 10 million people with osteoporosis, 8 million or 80% are women. In the years following menopause, [...]

October 1, 2012 Susan Bone health, Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Frightful Facts for Women and Osteoporosis

Is the paleodiet a triglycerides antidote?

Is the paleodiet a triglycerides antidote?

Recent nutritional research examines the earliest human diet, the Paleolithic diet or paleodiet, in search of answers to recent health crises such as obesity and diabetes. The paleodiet was full of variety and was sourced mainly by hunting and gathering.  Early humans consumed berries, fruits, plants, as well as small and large game. However, due [...]

August 30, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Heart Disease, Men's Health, Nutrition, Obesity and related diseases, Women's Health Comments Off on Is the paleodiet a triglycerides antidote?

Nuts are a super food that can lower cholesterol

Nuts are a super food that can lower cholesterol

Nuts are a super food—a small food that packs a big punch. Full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, many health practitioners are “going nuts” over nuts. Eating nuts is a convenient way to add dietary protein and fiber to your diet. And antioxidants found in nuts are credited with cell protection properties that help fight [...]

August 30, 2012 Susan Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Nuts are a super food that can lower cholesterol

Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Estrogen fuels the production of HDL cholesterol to increase the good cholesterol in women of child-bearing age. That’s the good news. As women approach menopause, estrogen levels drop, reducing HDL levels. The bad news is more than 25% of women in the U.S. die each year die from heart disease. [1] Cholesterol plays an important [...]

August 30, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Should pregnant women get a thyroid test?

Should pregnant women get a thyroid test?

By INGFEI CHEN, New York Times (published April 14, 2009) When women think about pregnancy, the thyroid gland is seldom the first thing that leaps to mind. Nestled in the neck, the gland makes hormones that govern metabolism, helping to regulate body weight, heart rate and a host of other factors. But if the thyroid [...]

July 28, 2012 Susan Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on Should pregnant women get a thyroid test?

Diagnosing herpes

Diagnosing herpes

Taking a Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 1 and 2-Specific Ab, IgG is extremely important if you’re sexually active and think you’ve been exposed to HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). There is no cure for herpes, and it’s estimated by experts that 60 million Americans have the virus that causes genital herpes. Anyone who is sexually active [...]

July 21, 2012 Susan Herpes, Women's Health Comments Off on Diagnosing herpes